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More than 100 N.L. Fishing Vessels to be Equipped with AEDs

Trained Crews Ready to Act in a Cardiac Emergency at Sea   The crews of 105 fishing vessels in Newfoundland and Labrador will be safer at sea now that each vessel will have an automated external defibrillator (AED). The funding was provided by the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) and the Heart & Stroke’s collaboration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW/UNIFOR), the ...

Lobster Season Off and Running in SW Nova Scotia

Above: Lobster fishing boats leave the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour loaded with gear on Dec. 1 marking the start of the LFA 34 fishery. Kathy Johnson photo   Strong winds and record-setting shore prices prevailed during the opening month of the commercial lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34. The season opening was delayed by two days until Dec. 1 due to high winds. A record-setting opening shore price of $10/pound increased to the $11 range prior to ...

3Ps Cod Stock to Remain in Critical Zone Until 2024

A year ago, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that cod stocks off the southern coast of Newfoundland, in NAFO area 3Ps, were in bad shape and in the critical zone (38 per cent of the limit reference point (LRP) of 27–53 per cent) Jump ahead a year and unfortunately, nothing much has changed. In DFO’s November 19th 3Ps assessment, cod biologist Karen Dwyer confirmed what many had already speculated, that the cod population in the region has not demonstrated much ...

Unit 1 Redfish Access and Allocation Decisions Expected in 2022

Who’s going to get how much of the anticipated Unit 1 redfish bonanza in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is expected to be announced in early 2022 by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). “The Department launched formal consultations with stakeholders on September 15 and 16 to help determine access and allocation for the potential fishery. Meeting participants were provided with a questionnaire that is to be submitted to the department by November 29, 2021. To supplement the questionnaire, the ...

Strong Industry Turnout at 7th Edition of North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show

The 7th biennial edition of the North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show took place on November 19 and 20 at the Mary Brown’s Centre (formerly the Mile One Centre) in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. This year’s event welcomed 3,251 industry buyers from across Newfoundland and Labrador. The Mary Brown’s Centre was filled with local and international exhibitors showing the latest technologies and services available to the commercial fisheries, fish processing, aquaculture and other ...

Weak Rope Policy Puts Harvester Lives and Livelihoods at Risk

When a bureaucrat in Ottawa formulates a policy about fishing gear in Newfoundland and Labrador without first consulting with fish harvesters in the province, that policy is established in ignorance. That is exactly what is happening with the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s (DFO) new “weak rope” policy that it plans to implement in 2023. The weak rope policy is the result of the possible impact that the death of a right whale, due to entanglement in fishing gear, could have on ...

New Brunswick Lobster Pot Tree Promotes the Giving Spirit

More than $10,000 has been raised in support of the local food bank through the sponsorship of buoys for the St. Andrews, New Brunswick lobster pot Christmas tree since the tradition was started by local business owners four years ago. “Me and a lady by the name of Alisan Bailey, her husband is a fisherman, we always joked about doing a small lobster pot tree on my deck at the pub for Christmas,” said Kevin Simmonds, who owns the Red Herring Pub in the coastal New Brunswick town. ...

Lobster Trap, Buoy Trees Celebrate the Season in Southwestern Nova Scotia

Above photo: West Pubnico, N.S. Kathy Johnson photo   The start of the LFA 33 and 34 lobster fishery and the Christmas season are being celebrated in southwestern Nova Scotia this year with three community lobster pot Christmas trees and a buoy tree. Started last year, the 24-foot buoy tree, topped with a two-foot radar reflector, stands stately on the Dennis Point wharf in Lower West Pubnico. A project of the West Side Improvement Society, the buoy tree was constructed out ...

Fishery Squabble has Industry Players Seeing Red

Dispute Growing Over Allocation of Unit 1 Redfish It was inevitable that the interest in the growing redfish stock in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and portions of the Cabot Strait would continue to increase. It was also inevitable that competing groups for the potentially lucrative fishery would start drawing proverbial lines in the sand. Over the last few years, many facets of the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry have been quietly whispering and speculating on the growing redfish popula...

Fisheries Safety Association Rebranded Fish Safe N.S.

Above photo: Fish Safe N.S. has a new mobile training unit to use when visiting wharves around the province to promote safety on the water. Contributed   The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia has a new name and a new mobile training unit that has been put to good use this fall as commercial lobster fisheries in southwestern Nova Scotia gear up for the season. The conversation to change the association’s name to Fish Safe N.S. started over a year ago, said Matthew ...